What Can I Do To Prevent Serious Hypoglycemic Episodes When I Am Hypoglycemic Unaware?
Low blood glucose or hypoglycemia is one of the most common problems associated with diabetes, in particular, insulin treatment. Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood glucose level below 70 mg/dl if your meter tests whole blood. However, most new meters these days test plasma glucose, so you should consider yourself as having low blood glucose if your level is 80 mg/dl or lower, or if your level is 90 mg/dl or lower and you have symptoms. (Check your instruction book or contact your meter manufacturer if you are unsure which type of meter you are using.) Hypoglycemia is usually unpleasant, with the most common symptoms including feeling shaky, sweaty, and having one's heart pound. The most common reasons for hypoglycemia are too much insulin, too little food, or too much activity. Most hypoglycemia is mild with recognizable symptoms, and if quickly and appropriately treated it is more of an inconvenience than a cause for alarm. Severe hypoglycemia, however, is defined as the point when you are not able to independently treat yourself. The most common reasons for severe hypoglycemia are not recognizing symptoms or waiting to treat symptoms. We know that the traditional physical and emo Continue reading >>